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MAY, CRAIG
In Folsom, CA July 11, 2003. Son of Rebecca Burciaga; grandson of Hector and Tencia Burciaga; brother of Scott Burciaga, Kristin Sanchez, and Lauren Hayden; brother-in-law of Tommy Sanchez and Daniel Hayden. A native of Sacramento, aged 20 years. Craig loved animals, especially cats. Full of laughter, humor, and wit, he was a generous, loving person. Always taking care of his mother, sisters, and grandpa, Craig brought life into all he knew. Friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Wednesday, July 16th at 1:00pm at Lakeside Church, 745 Oak Avenue Parkway, Folsom. Interment Green Valley Cemetery, Green Valley & Bass Lake Roads, Cameron Park. Arrangements by Green Valley Mortuary.

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Published in The Sacramento Bee from Jul. 15 to Jul. 16, 2003.
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July 9, 2020
Well Buddy its been almost 17 years...the part of my heart, that didnt go with you, is still broken and hurts like it was day one. Often times I cant remember what I did yesterday, but when it comes to you, and the end of your time with us, I can remember day upon day that led up to and then the day when you left to return to your eternal home...almost each moment is crystal clear in my minds eye. What I choose to focus on is the moment I saw you last as you headed out the door, stopped before going down the outside stairs you turned to me and said, I love you mom....that one moment stays in the forefront of my memory. All the times you told me you loved me are permanently planted in my mind...regardless of all the things that slip thru my brain, you and your last moments with me will never be forgotten.
Becky Burciaga
Mother
August 19, 2015
Happy 33rd Birthday Buddy! I'm sure there were a lot of Angels dancing with you today to celebrate. In honor of your day, I spend a couple of hours holding your newborn nephew Ryker...who knew I'd be holding a newborn again on this day, 33 years later!

Love you Sweetie, keep dancing with the Angels, enjoying your birthday,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
July 11, 2015
Hey Bud...here we are again, 12 years later and nothing feels different. You're still gone, and I still miss you so much it hurts. I can definitely say, without a doubt that those idiots who say "...it gets better with time." DO NOT know what the heck they are talking about. I don't know what they'd consider better, but this is not it.

I still think of you as my True North...just knowing how loved and happy you are right now guides me through each and every day. Your family and friends will never stop thinking about you, how you touched all our lives, so differently, yet in the same way...with so much love and giving of yourself...that your memory continues to live on so strongly in each of us.

I'll always carry you in my heart sweetheart, and my minds eye will never forget your beautiful smile!

I love you,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
April 30, 2015
Hey Craig...
It's been a while, but I wanted to say hello. I definitely think of you from time to time and just wanted to drop a line.

You're always in my heart my friend. I'll never forget you.

Love you!
-Mic
February 4, 2015
timmie
Hey Buddy...I know it's been awhile, but I wanted to add Timme to your photos because I know you'd being have so much fun with her.

Even though I don't write here as often as I used to, I still think of you every minute of every day...and miss more than ever.

I love you Sweetie,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
August 19, 2014
At the pool whenever possible
Happy 32nd Birthday Buddy...I'm sure you're dancing with the Angels in celebration. You're always on my mind and forever in my heart...I miss you more than anyone could know. I love you tons!

Mom
Becky Burciaga
July 25, 2014
Hey Craig... I still say hello to you in my head from time to time, not sure whether or not you'd listen in on me but just know that I'll never forget you. I posted something on facebook the other day, after having been introduced to YTCracker.. the hacker turned rapper, you'll remember him from the AOL days. He was like an internet God, even back then, lol. Anyway, the post ended up with like 540 comments of reminiscing and of course I can't discuss that kind of stuff without remembering & mentioning you. All your internet buddies love and miss you. I'm fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet you. Much love.
Kitra Pardun
August 19, 2013
Happy Birthday Buddy! There is so much I want to say, so much in my heart, but it's hard to put it all down. You know it anyway, you always seemed to know what I was feeling and what I needed the most...majority of the time it was just a hug.

Reading Natalie's message has really made my heart and pride for you swell. You were always such a caring person, taking care of everyone else first, before yourself. Your heart was so big, and generous...except for when it came to your sisters...just kidding...you may have faught like all siblings do, but push came to shove, no one said a bad word about them to you...you were always about family and friends.

I know there is no sense of time in Heaven, but I believe that birthdays are still special. I'm sure you are having quite the celebration with Grandma leading all the festivities.

I love you Sweetie and miss you so very much, enjoy your birthday party,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
June 9, 2013
Craig
Sorry it has taken me so long to write to you. I can't believe it's been ten years, just saying ten years blows my mind. I was so deeply sadden to hear the news of your loss. It was like someone was playing a sick game with me, that I wish wasn't true. I never thought about not always having you apart of my life. I know sometimes we would not talk but I always knew if I needed a friend or a good laugh you were only a phone call away. I always felt like we would be apart of each others lives no matter what. I'm glad that at least I have all the CRAZY and FUN times we shared together and I know that will last me a life time ( I will even cherish the arguments we had together...lol). I still remember the last time we talked when I moved out to California and you were trying to convince me to come live with you because where I was staying wasn't working out. It was just like you to always fix things for me. At the end of the conversation you said "Natalie I love you like the sister I never wanted!" Lol I always loved your sense of humor:). I'm so glad that I was apart of your life and that I got to witness the love that you and your Mom shared and the bond that you had. It makes me so happy that you still live on....and TRUST me you will never be forgotten.

I miss you and think about you always

Natalie Ruiz-Talley
Natalie Ruiz-Talley
January 5, 2013
Craig!

Happy New Year man!

So over christmas my mom, sister, and I were watching Pitch Perfect and they did a rendition of "No Diggity." My mom was super quick to point out that that song ALWAYS makes her think of you and we all and a nice moment of remembering all the good times of you coming over to our house, and of course singing and dancing to that song.

I miss you man and think about you often. I'm glad this page still exists to see that others still think of you too.

Love you Craig!

-- Mic
December 26, 2012
Merry Christmas Bud! I am sure you and Grandma had the best seat in the Lord's house while celebrating the birth of His Son. We all missed you both today and were remembering other Christmases with all of the cousins together.

As always babe I miss you. I love you Sweetie...hug Grandma for me and please wish her a Merry Christmas for me.

Mom
Becky Burciaga
December 12, 2012
Harley's home with Craig now.
Hi Buddy...Yesterday was a hard day, sending Harley off to be with you. He can once again paw at your eye lashes and chew on your hair. I wish I could have sent his spinners with him so that you two could play fetch, but I'm sure you'll come up with something else to use.

I know he's in good hands now, no longer suffering from diabetes, and able to run and play again like he used to before he became ill. I'm so glad the two of you are back together again, I know you always had so much fun together.

I love you sweetie,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
October 17, 2012
I still think about you often. Love you Craig & family.
Kitra Pardun
August 19, 2012
Happy 30th Birthday Buddy!! I know that you are celebrating this milestone while you are dancing with the Angels.

I love and miss you baby,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
July 11, 2012
Hey Buddy,

I so wish that this was not the only way I could share my thoughts about and with you, I so wish I could do so in person.

Another year has passed, nine years and yet I can still remember every minute of the day you left us...can't remember what I did yesterday, but I sure can remember that day. There is a phrase from a song I listen to that is so true: "...We are all one phone call from our knees". I remember that one call and so wish that it had never happened.

I am so touched by Sarah B's entry into your guest book; it warms my mother's heart to see how much you continue to touch the lives of those who knew you, even if only in cyber space. Your legacy continues on, through those that you touched personally as well as online.

Your are missed each and every day, but so much more today as the pain of your loss is brought to the forefront through the strong reminder of the large void left in all our lives.

There is so much more that I could put down here, but it would come off as ramblings of a mother's broken heart. Just know that you are loved and missed, by so many, even outside of your family.

I love you babe,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
July 10, 2012
Craig & I met online many, many years ago - he was friends with several of my friends so we naturally became quick friends. Life came along & we lost contact over the years. I will never forget hearing from a mutal friend a few months after that he had passed. I think of Craig every year & come on here to read the messages from his loved ones. I still pray for everyone that was touched by Craig and for his family's comfort.

May you continue to rest in peace Craig. Your legacy lives on through all of those that knew you.

God Bless
Sarah B
August 21, 2011
Hey Babe...I'm sorry that I'm late to wish you a Happy Birthday here. I hope you liked your balloons...that's the only thing I can still do for you on your birthday, bring you balloons.

I hope you had a great party dancing with the Angels, I'm sure that your humor was a party favorite!

I love you Craiger,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
July 11, 2011
Hey Bud...another year has passed without you. Sometimes it feels like a lifetime, sometimes if feels like yesterday when you left us.

I will never stop missing you and wishing that you were still with us. In my minds eye I can still see your wonderful smile and laughing eyes, in my heart I can still feel your love.

I still miss you son, and will until the day we are reunited in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I love you Craiger,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
April 16, 2011
Dear Becky,
I know you have been through so much. For what it is worth, I never forgot our friendship and kept you in my prayers. You have lost precious loved ones and support is so important. You may remember me from Bella Vista days.
With love, Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson
April 5, 2011
Hey babe...can you believe it, Chris married? Sometimes it saddens me thinking of all the things you are missing, but then I remember how happy and loved you are right now and that brings me a greater joy. I love you babe and miss you so much every moment of every day. Mom
Becky Burciaga
April 3, 2011
Craig,

Chris' wedding was last night. Can you believe it? He tied the knot!

I was his Best Man and Steve and Fred were groomsmen as well. I know you would've been a groomsman if you were still here with us.

We talked about old stories looked back in the past about all of the crazy things we did!

Just wanted to tell you that I miss you buddy! I'm sure you were looking down on us.
Michael Choy
January 1, 2011
Happy New Year Bud! Another year down and a new one to look forward to. Keep watch over all of us...especially me when I'm driving the Jeep...I can hear you in my ear say, "No you cannot go over stuff just because you can!" I love you babe, Mom
Becky Burciaga
November 10, 2010
I still find myself thinking about you from time to time, and just wanted to let you know you'll always be in my thoughts. Miss you cre / Craig.
vix / Kitra
September 10, 2010
Hey babe...I know you are welcoming Nitro with opened arms. He, Turbo and Riley have now joined together for you to take care of and play with. Remember, Nitro is fast in the straight away, but slows for the corners...it's the only way to catch him when he makes a break for it!

I love you,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
August 19, 2010
Happy 28th Birthday Buddy...I know you are dancing with the Angels in celebration!! I miss you sweetheart.

Love, Mom
Becky Burciaga
August 19, 2010
Craig! Happy Birthday, man... I miss you
Michelle Collins
July 11, 2010
Well here we are again sweetie, seven years later and yet it just doesn't feel like it's been that long. The pain of your loss is still present, but it is now shadowed more by the joy of the memories each of carries with us.

Your memory lives on in each of our hearts, you will never fade away, but will always remain a part of the lives of everyone who knew you...especially those of us who were lucky enough to have been loved by you and loved you in return.

With more love than than ever,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
July 8, 2010
"If I give the very best of me, that becomes my legacy." -MercyMe

Your legacy lives on babe...this is so evident by seeing your friends who still visit your site here even after seven years. What an impact you made on their lives, on all our lives.

If it is even at all possible, I am more proud to be your mom than ever before. I've got to say I raised a GOOD son. Thank you Lord for the gift of Graig.

I love you,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
July 7, 2010
Craig.... Man it's been a while since I visited this page, but I wanted you to know that you were on my mind. I've never forgotten you, and I never will.

I genuinely miss you and often wish you were still here... for so many reasons... we had a lot of fun together, and you were one of my best guy friends... you were so easy to be myself around. It doesn't seem like it's been that long... but I can still remember when your mom told me of your passing and how surprised/shocked/saddened I was, and honestly, still am.

I know you're in a much better place and I hope you're enjoying it. If you see Maxx up there, give him a hug for me. He left us last year and it was incredibly devastating for our entire family. I know how much you missed him biting you... or running away, scared of your cats, lol. Maybe now your encounters will be more peaceful!!

In any event, I don't really want to ramble. I just wanted you to know you were on my mind and that I miss you. While I may not come by this page often, you're always in my heart.

I love you, man!

-Mic
Michelle Collins
July 6, 2010
You know what bud...it's just a few days away, seven years and it just isn't getting any less painful. You would think that like any chronic pain, you'd get used to it and carry on, feeling normal. Nope, it just isn't happening...each day since the 4th, I have been reliving this week seven years ago...why is it I usually can't remember what I did last week, but I can't block out the painful memories of the day we lost you? Everything is just so vivid...Dear Lord, I wish I had some relief, if only for a moment.

I'm trying to remember you in all the good ways sweetie, I'm really trying, but I sure could use a bit of help. I don't want to live the pain, I want the joy.

You are never far from my thoughts, I can still hear your voice and that I don't ever want to loose.

If it's possible, I love you more as time continues to pass.

Love,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
July 1, 2010
i miss you buddy!
Ronnie
December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas! Thankful that you're looking over us from up above. Wish you were here man!
Michael Choy
December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas Buddy. So wish you were here with us to celebrate this most wondrous day. I love babe, Mom
Becky Burciaga
August 19, 2009
Happy 27th Birthday Buddy!!

Sorry, but I do have to leave you balloons today...what would a birthday be without balloons? The bigger and brighter the better; I guess you can call three feet high, silver numbers 2 and 7 balloons big and bright!!

I always loved you and your sisters' birthdays. It was the one day of the year where you got to do anything you wanted...and no one else had input. :-> It was so much fun making you feel special...OK so maybe the confetti all over you and your bedroom at midnight was a bit much, but boy was it fun! Even though you would trail it everywhere you went for days afterward.

Well Craiger, I'm sure you are partying with the Angels and have them laughing constantly. I wish we could be together for your birthday, but I know you are having a much better celebration where you are now then if you were here with us. I imagine the confetti in Heaven is really special!!

I love you Sweetie,
Mom
xoxoxoxo
Becky Burciaga
July 11, 2009
Well Bud, another year has come and gone...six years, just not possible. I can still remember every minute, all the pain, the confusion...the loss. All this time, I have been caught up in the missing, just hurting, not focusing on your joy and peace. No more, Sweetie, I will miss you with ever breath I take, but now it's time that I begin to celebrate you. And in doing so, know that you'd want me to live, not wallow.

Bryan hit me with a bucket of cold water yesterday when he said that you wouldn't want me to live like this. Not to just mourn you, but to celebrate your life. Of all people, I should know how much you disliked me being alone and keeping myself away from everyone. You were the one who would pull me out on a Friday night to dinner, or a movie just to get me out. Well, as Bryan so aptly put it, celebrating you and living my life like you'd want me to would be the best tribute to you.

So, tomorrow I celebrate you and remember all our times...that wonderful smile of yours and how it kept you out of trouble so many times. The times you'd frustrate me so much, and would say, "I love you mom, do you love me?" I'd reply, "Not right now, maybe tomorrow, just not right now." You'd laugh and give me a big hug, smile and just go on your way. Thank you Bud, for those hugs and that smile, I still see you in my mind, that is the picture I will always have of you.

I love you son, you can let me go, I'm OK now, but I will always miss that piece of my heart that is you.

Love,
Mom
xoxoxoxo
Becky Burciaga
June 12, 2009
Thank you babe for keeping watch over your sister and new nephew. I know that you will always be there when we need you the most. Love, Mom
Becky Burciaga
June 11, 2009
Hey Sweetie...here's your notice to start your vigilant watch over Ren and Logan. He is scheduled to make his entrance into this world tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM. Watch over them please and keep them safe. Please ask God to hold them close and protect them both.

I'm sure you gave Logan all the in's and out's of driving your sister crazy...it really worked with Hunter so I have all confidence that you did the same for your new nephew. Way to go Bud! :->

I love you son and still miss you like crazy!

Mom
xoxoxo
Becky Burciaga
April 19, 2009
Well Bud...you're nephew and namesake turned five today. I can't believe how quickly the time has passed. Please continue to watch over him, and remind his Angels not to let their guard down for a minute.

I love you babe,
Mom
xoxoxoxo
Becky Burciaga
March 19, 2009
Hi Bud...I've been thinking about you A LOT lately and I'm not sure why. I think about what you would be like if you were still here with us. It saddens me to think about all the things you have missed out on in life.

Would you have met the one woman you could spend your life by now?
What would your children,my grandchildren be like?
Would you have a daughter that would have you wound around her little finger?
Would you have a son who would be as captivated by cyber space has you were?

There are so many questions that I will never know the answers to. But, I look to the Lord to provide me with the comfort I need with the reassurance that you are happier and more loved then you ever were here.

Not a minute of any day goes by without thougts about you. I love you sweetie and I so look forward to the time when we are together again. Not only to be with you, but to be able to experience the love and happiness you have now.

Love,
Mummy
Becky Burciaga
February 18, 2009
Hey Babe...What do you think of your new niece Wrennie? Well of course you knew her long before we didn't you? And I'm sure you're filling your soon to be nephew in on all the secrets about his mom, just like you did Hunter.

Now you can add Wren to your loved ones to watch over and to make sure her Angels never drop their guard!

I love you son and continue to miss you with every breath I take.

Mom
xoxoxo
Becky Burciaga
January 18, 2009
I still miss you. I don't think the pain ever goes away when I think about you. I'm so fortunate to have known you, always,

Kitra
Kitra Pardun
December 30, 2008
Hey Buddy...I'm sorry for not writing more often or sooner to wish you a Merry Christmas. We had tons of fun this year with Hunter...he was so excited about every part of Christmas. He still takes down your trains and cars from my tree and plays with them. I put them back up when he leaves and he takes them down again!

Would you please watch over your sisters Sweetie and ask God to keep their babies safe until they are born and are handed over to their mama's? Imagine, you are an Uncle again...I wonder what thoughts you placed in your Niece and Niece or Nephew this time!!

I love you Son and miss you so much. Keep watch babe, I still need you so badly just to get through every day.

XOXOXO,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
August 20, 2008
Happy B-Day Young man!!! Go wild, you don't have to worry about getting into any trouble, and there's no limit. =)
Rique Fortes
August 19, 2008
Hey Sweetie...Hunter called me today and asked me to make sure and say to you, "Happy Birthday Uncle Craigie!" Those are his exact words, not mine. Lauren can attest to this, she was there too.

The little man knows you and loves you as if you have been with him all along...which I'm sure you have. We adults just can't see the same miracles that the young uncluttered, non-cynical minds can.

So Happy Birthday again babe.

Luv,
Hunter and Mom
xoxoxoxo
Hunter Hayden and Becky Burciaga
August 19, 2008
HAPPY 26th BIRTHDAY

I Love you son,
Mom
xoxoxoxoxo
Becky Burciaga
July 22, 2008
Well Bud, what do you think about becoming an Uncle again! Did you already give Kristi's baby the low down on how to push her buttons just like you've done for Hunter?

Please watch over your niece/nephew, keep her/him safe until the day she/he comes bursting into life and than we all can take over.

I've thanked the Lord countless times for this little miracle, but could you follow up on that for me with the big Guy and give him a personal thank you for this little being and keeping it safe.

I love you Sweetheart,
Mom
xoxoxoxo
Becky Burciaga
July 14, 2008
Hi Craig,

I've been thinking about you constantly this past week. It's so hard to believe that five years have past since I last saw you smile, heard you laugh... Every time I burn a pot of rice, I still think of you! (I still can't cook to save my life, lol.)

We were so lucky to have you with us for the time that we did. You--pure of heart and full of love--changed and touched all of our lives forever. Your kindness of character continues to give me hope and strength, and serves as a paradigm for how to approach life in a world that is sometimes painful and confusing with the most upbeat of attitudes.

Thank you for always looking out for me.

I love you and I miss you,

Allegra
Allegra Knight
July 11, 2008
craig...five years. it's so hard to believe. i dread this day every single year, and i still feel the same as i did the day i heard the news, or maybe even worse. it's been so long since i've heard your voice or had one of your famous hugs, but i still remember everything about you. i know you are still with me though because you always give me little signs, like when you pop into my head and then all of a sudden i'll hear one of "our songs" on the radio. i miss all the good times we had, and i would give anything to go back to those days when life was easy and you were still here. i promise i will never ever forget you...how could i? miss you always and love you forever.
catherine pass
July 11, 2008
Time flies doesn't it. Hope you enjoyed your toast today. Nice to see that you still have game. Showing your picture around to the ladies, you got more compliments than I have all trip... =) Your still getting love from the senioritas and the Austrailia girls.

Thanks for continuing to teach me lessons and watchin over us, from above. I wish you had more time, but I guess things happen for a reason. I would have gladly donated my time, lord knows I'm wreckless with it. I tried to visited some churches today, but I couldn't figure out when they were open.

The fireworks shows here are awesome, right up your alley. Miss ya and love ya. Buenos noches mi hermano.
Rique Fortes
July 11, 2008
My dearest son,

It has been five years and as it was then, it is now...the pain is unbearable. Without strength from the Lord, love from family and friends, I truly believed I would have ceased to exist long before now. Your loss brought such a drastic change to all our lives.

What keeps me going is my joy in your happiness with Christ, not to mention my mind's view of your tormenting Angels with your pranks.

I love you babe and not a minute goes by when I don't wish to see your smile and feel your hugs. I know I speak for all those who love you, in that we continue to miss you today as much, if not more, than five years ago. I know you are at peace and that is a salve to a broken heart.

I'll be spending the day with the little man and his mom and dad...Kung Fu Panda is on the agenda. Hunter is the light in my life that gives me the purpose to live each day God provides until I am with you again and in His glorious presence.

Love,
Mom
Becky Burciaga
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